Valencia CF vs Manchester United

Dec, 12 / 21:00 Matchday 6

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
January, 12 2018

Marcelino: “We want to be competitive away from home and finish the first half of the season with 40 points”

Marcelino has spoken to the media on Friday, ahead of Valencia CF’s game versus Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday afternoon. Though his opponents are struggling at the wrong end of the table, they need to pick up some points and are therefore very dangerous.

Is it time to win away from home after three consecutive defeats?

“I believe that we didn’t deserve to lose in our last two, but we didn’t do enough to win them either. Deportivo need to win badly, they drew with Villarreal (1-1) and they picked up a misleading result versus Celta Vigo (1-3) at home. They are a team that can pressure the opposition half well, they have good individuals but they haven’t worked as well as a collective as they had hoped. We have been thinking about this since the cup game, because we have the chance to get a win away from home, to be competitive on the road and to reach 40 points from the first half of the season. That is an important motivation to get us to the highest possible levels of intensity and motivation for this game.”

The first half of the season is coming to an end, what have you made of it?

“I just keeping looking at it on a day-to-day basis, we have been capable of this after a lot of work in pre season, changing the squad, and we can say that we have got the majority of tactical decisions right. I am also happy with this squad on a personal and professional level, with their attitude, ability and togetherness that has helped the fans to enjoy the team again this season, more than they thought they would and we are enjoying every day at work.”

Does Coquelin’s signing have an effect on Kondogbia’s future?

“We have brought in Coquelin this window because we could do it, we were interested in him during the summer as he said, but we couldn’t get it done. Now, the chance came up quickly, the club reached an agreement with Arsenal thanks to the great work from Mateu Alemany with both the club and the player. In no case does this player affect Kondogbia’s situation, we want central midfielders that are determined, and he will get used to all of the players that we have in this position to be the most defensive one in the squad. He is a very good signing and we want to thank him for his attitude to get involved as soon as possible with the team, including paying for a flight to be here yesterday, that shows his attitude.”

How is Coquelin settling in?

Coquelin comes from the Premier League, he is a player with a lot of experience in some of the world’s top leagues, I believe he will take to it right away down to his attitude and the fact that although he doesn’t speak Spanish he can understand it. On Thursday we worked through some concepts of play with him, and he understood, he didn’t need anyone to help. Due to his attitude and experience, and coming from a big league and a team where things were very dynamic, with some similarities to our style, he will adapt quickly.”

Were they your last signings of the window?

“I knew there could be some signings, as others had said so in the club. Two options came up in the market that we hadn’t thought about, and if there is something that I was surprised about, it was how quickly they both got done. It was difficult for Vietto to be able to come, and I thought the same about Coquelin. We are lucky to have a great director and I don’t know how he does it, but he does, and we have an owner that supports us and a president that is pulling in the same direction to make the team very competitive while spending as much as they can allow themselves to.”